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Games, giveaways and medical experts at our Minnesota State Fair exhibit

Check out our University of Minnesota Health schedule of events and activities for the 2015 Minnesota State Fair.
Check out our University of Minnesota Health schedule of events and activities for the 2015 Minnesota State Fair.
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Want to get up close and personal with a real human brain, learn more about the effects of e-cigarette use or enter to win a FitBit Charge? University of Minnesota Health will have all of those activities and more at the Minnesota State Fair.

Scroll down for our complete schedule of health-related displays and activities. Most events are located within the Health Zone exhibit, which is housed in the University of Minnesota Building. The University of Minnesota building is two blocks west of gate 5 on Dan Patch Avenue on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

  • Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Care
    9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 3
    Health Zone at University of Minnesota Building
    Do you have questions about cancer or your risk of getting cancer? Stop by and talk to Minnesota's cancer experts from University of Minnesota Health Cancer Care and Masonic Cancer Center. Test your knowledge in with our cancer quiz, discover exciting cancer research projects underway in our own backyard and learn how to stay healthy before, during and after a cancer diagnosis. Throughout the day, our cancer experts will speak on a variety of relevant topics. The Sept. 3 presentation schedule is as follows:
    • 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.—What Is the Latest in Prostate Cancer Screening and Treatment: Urologist Christopher Weight, MD
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.—Ask the Experts about Cancer: Hematologist/Oncologist Ed Greeno, MD, and E-cigarette researcher Irina Stephanov, PhD.
    • 11:15 a.m. to Noon—What’s your risk of cancer? Cancer Health Disparities in Minority Communities: Dr. Kola Okuyemi and Dr. Hee-Yun Lee, School of Social Work
    • 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.—Your Dentist and Early Detection of Oral Cancer: Dr. Nelson Rhodus, School of Dentistry
    • 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.—Family Health History, What You Can Learn from Your Family Tree: Cancer Risk Management Program
  • University of Minnesota Heart Care
    9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri., Sept. 4
    Health Zone at University of Minnesota Building
    University of Minnesota Health Heart Care will provide fair-goers with an opportunity to learn more about the anatomy of the heart and the long-term effects of heart disease. Chat with heart experts, see human heart specimens, heart pumps and the latest technologies for patients with advanced heart failure. Stop by all three learning stations to complete a game card and enter for a chance to win a FitBit Charge. A Heart Care expert will present on relevant topics on Sept. 4. The presentation schedule is as follows:
    • 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.—The Importance of Heart Health and Advanced Heart Failure Therapies: Cardiologist Cindy Martin, MD

  • University of Minnesota Health Orthopaedics
    3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fri., Sept. 4
    Health Zone at University of Minnesota Building
    Fall sports have already started at many Minnesota high schools, and parents should be on alert for sports-related concussion injuries. University of Minnesota Health Orthopaedic Clinic specialists will share concussion prevention tips and teach you how to spot signs and symptoms of concussions. We will also be distributing information for older adults about ways to stay active while aging.
  • University of Minnesota Health Solid Organ Transplant Program
    9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 5
    Health Zone at University of Minnesota Building
    Did you know that over 10,000 solid organ transplants have been performed in the 50+ year history of the University of Minnesota Health Transplant Program? Stop by our booth to learn more about our lifesaving care and innovation, including our amazing breathing lung transplant, islet cell transplants and more. Spin the wheel to answer questions about organ transplant and win prizes! Throughout the day, our organ transplant experts will speak on a variety of relevant topics. The Sept. 5 presentation schedule is as follows:
    • 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.— Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Sofia Lyford-Pike, MD
    • 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.—Chronic Pancreatitis Treatment: Pediatric Transplant Surgeon Srinath Chinnakotla, MD
  • University of Minnesota Health Neurosciences
    9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun., Sept. 6
    Health Zone at University of Minnesota Building
    Our Neurosciences department at the University of Minnesota includes specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, memory, psychiatry, epilepsy, stroke care and neuromodulation. We offer a full spectrum of care for your brain and nervous system and will have experts on hand to talk about these services. We have activities for the whole family, including a real human brain on display, so stop by our exhibit to see and learn more. Don’t forget to take your chance spinning our prize wheel! A neurosciences expert and an ophthalmologist are both scheduled to speak on Sept. 6. The presentation schedule is as follows:
    • Noon to 1 p.m.—Ask the Expert: The Impact of Stroke on Your Brain, Neurosurgeon Andrew Grande, MD.
    • 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.—General Ophthalmology, Ophthalmologist Andrew Harrison, MD
  • University of Minnesota Health Birthplace Day
    9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon., Sept. 7
    Health Zone at University of Minnesota Building
    Join us at the Minnesota State Fair to learn more about The Birthplace at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, and why we are like no other birthing center in the Twin Cities! Meet some of our nurses and learn about the ways that we offer peace of mind for all moms and babies, including little extras that make your visit more comfortable, or the highest level of special care if needed. University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital has the highest-rated Neonatal ICU in Minnesota, and employs nationally known physicians for moms and babies that need a little extra help.
  • University of Minnesota Health Ear, Nose Throat/Lion’s Voice Clinic
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mon., Sept. 7
    Liberal Arts Zone, University of Minnesota Building
    Do you need your voice for your daily activities? Imagine how limiting life might be if you couldn’t depend on your voice communicate with friends, family or co-workers. Come and learn about how the Lions Voice Clinic stands at the forefront of compassionate and innovative care through a combined emphasis on clinical care, research and education. Stop by to see some exciting demonstrations and play games to learn more about the vocal cords, how they work and tips on how to keep them healthy.
  • University of Minnesota Health Emergency Department/Trauma Services
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 7
    Health Zone at University of Minnesota Building
    University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital emergency medicine doctors and nurses are leaders in pediatric advance life support education. They actively seek answers through clinical research to questions regarding emergency services for children. Additionally, our emergency department is a primary member of the Trauma Services team, and all eight pediatric emergency doctors are board-eligible or certified in pediatric emergency medicine. Please visit our booth to learn about pediatric safety.
  • University of Minnesota Health Adoption Medicine Program and Clinic
    3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 7
    Health Zone at University of Minnesota Building
    The Adoption Medicine Clinic provides an opportunity to talk with doctors and staff about our clinic services for children who join their family through domestic or international adoption as well as children in foster care. Additionally we share information about our international work to improve care and living conditions for children in orphanages through research, education and advocacy. Global Pediatrics will share information about their medical training, international partners and research that improves health care for children around the world.

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